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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

528 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 74
Gots: 428 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cuir is our third anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier, but again created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-07-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Lob, Feb 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

OldPenguinHunter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, bottle 14472, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark, murky amber color, produces a very thin tan head that recedes to a collar, leaves no lacing.

S- Loads of caramel, oak and vanilla, dark fruit, and very powerful booze.

T- Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon, fruity dates and figs as well. It's really pretty damn sweet, verging on cloying, but once the initial sugar subsides the aftertaste is really nice. Towards the finish lots of wood and leather. Warm, boozy finish.

M- Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, slick, oily feel.

O- A disappointing beer, it has a nice amount of complexity on it, but the huge amount of booze and the sugary, overpowering sweetness make it a chore to drink, I had trouble finishing a single glass.

WillCarrera, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of foogerd
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark caramel brown body with a small white head.

S- Burnt caramelized brown sugar, sugary oatmeal malts, dark fruits all mixed into a puree.

T- Boozy raisins with brown sugar sprinkled on top, alcohol is strong without being overpowering.

M- Moderate carbonation, nice oily slick feel

O- For the price point there are better barrel aged old ales, namely north coasts old ale i would pick any day over this brew.

foogerd, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I didn't care for this beer on tap, but I wondered why the hell Overlord liked it, so I tried it again out of a bottle. It's a little better, but it's still ridiculously sweet.

A: Pours a clear maroon-amber body. The initial pour (not even that aggressive) produces 3 fingers of beige head that eventually collapses into a long-retaining film on top of the beer.

S: Lots of candied grape / raisin and vanilla on the initial sniff. Additional aromas reveal toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of leather underneath it all. Quite nice, though sugar-dominated.

T: This is sweet, even cloying, but it's better than the tap iteration was. Tannins have stepped up to provide more balance against the sweetness of brown sugar, toffee, raisin, and vanilla. There is a mild bourbon presence in the finish, but it segues seamlessly into leather and oak once more. Just the same, it's really sweet. My fiancee drainpoured her half.

M: Well-hidden booze. Full-bodied. Cleaner finish and aftertaste than the tap iteration. What changed?

O: I finished my portion, but just barely, and only because I'm damn cheap. I definitely won't buy this again; unless I hear revolutionary things about the next few anniversary beers, I'm giving up on the regular versions. The 100% barrel-aged versions seem to be better.

Arbitrator, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown pour without much head.

S: Bourbon, malts, raisins, sugar, and dark fruits.

T: Leather, tobacco, dark malts, bourbon. Really interesting taste. I HATED Papier, this is better. A little more balanced. Still not anything great though.

MF: Medium heavy body. Nice amount of carbonation. Lots of booze.

O: Good beer. 14.5% is not noticed on that level, but it is noticed. Wouldn't pay the money again for this beer.

russwbeck, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to kwilliams81 for sharing this beer! Thanks kent!

poured into a tulip glass.

bottle number- 07959

reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.

Appearance: reddish light brown bodied beer with a small off white head.

Smell: Dark fruits; prodominately raisins. Caramel notes.

Taste: Bready and raisins. Caramel, prunes, leather, and molasses. Its also fairly ozidixed and astrigent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Still fairly hot.

Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. This beer finished dead last. Its not aging very well and its just rough around the egdes.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from STEG a while back. Cheers for the beers man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Bottle 10,122
Drank the 25% and 100% back to back

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, cream-white head with good retention. A thick, dark red body, transparent, with high levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring that remain to the end of the ride. No lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, toffee, red fruits and spices on the nose. Very bold with a hint of booze. Lots of caramel and cotton candy.

TASTE: Toffee sweetness and lots of spices up front. Red fruits and caramel through the middle into a fruity, sweet molasses finish. Bold but drier aftertaste of sweet toffee, molasses, a touch of bitterness and some spicy alcohol. A hint of bourbon and vanilla linger as well. Not as boozy as the ABV might suggest, but it's there. Still, very complex, but quite sweet.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry on the palate. A slight bite at the swallow and a touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Very flavorful and complex and the alcohol is quite well hidden, but it is perhaps a little too sweet for mass consumption. A thicker palate would have showcased the flavors a little better as well. Regardless, this is a good beer and worth checking out if you're given the chance. Glad I was given a shot at this. Cheers STEG!

Jeffo, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing sweet grape, some smokey oak and considerable vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except for me, the over the top sweetness is more than I can handle. This level of sweetness, coupled with the obviously high alcohol, make drinking this beer in anything other than very small portions impossible. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, very sweet and rich finish. There's some noticeable bourbon in this beer as well, but given the sweetness in this beer, it was hard for me to really notice or appreciate. The alcohol is actually pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, and there's no heat or alcoholic bite in the finish.

I don't know... this is an interesting beer, with some attractive flavor, but the sweetness and high alcohol are just too much for me. Really wish I had tried this beer before spluring on a bottle that is currently sitting in my fridge, where it will undoubtedly remain for some time.

John_M, Jun 25, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very murky, Hellish red colour. Head is a thing of singular beauty, with the red beer giving it a vibrant orange-cream glow, small bubbles packed tight into a gorgeous foam, retaining a couple of fingers with sparse bubbling on top. Bit esoteric, but it's among the most instantly seductive beers I've seen.

Smells very American. Full of things the Yanks love. Caramel malt, with spices, rye and booze. Plenty of citric hop, pepper, chestnut and candied orange peel. Hint of sherbet and tobacco on the back. Bit intense, like a chocolate orange liqueur, but very intriguing. Beguiling is probably a bit too generous, but there's a certain mystifying charm no doubt.

Taste is not quite the taste I was looking for. Big orange citrus flavour upfront with a big astringent note that mixes with tobacco notes midway and steers away to an unpleasantly bitter finish. A bit tart and very spicy. Grains of paradise and capsicaian on there, but it's really just a big boozey Grand Marnier-esque flavour. Bit too rich and earthy, could use some cutting from some more hops - NZ hops, even.

Big foamy texture, and really rather boozey and hot. Quite a bold, sweet, almost sticky presence, then a very dry and boozey strength at the death.

Interesting drop, but at times just overwhelmingly boozey and liqueury. Very intriguing, but I'd just as happily pass.

laituegonflable, Jun 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Beezee, Apr 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

leschkie, Mar 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

jmarsh123, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

pperez38, Nov 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

scottiethebody, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Cavery
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shared with SundaySour @ Provisions

Taster #2 into tasters

A: Woody grenadine with mahogany in its genes. Really implies old rustic woods and unpolished coppers. Manzanita reds complete a rather complex appearance. A small bit of froth creates a thin layer of separation between the liquid and open air.

S: Dark dried fruits that really show some age. Smells sweet without being too overbearing. Alcohol complicates the matter in taking this to a funky barrel aged dimension. The smell almost seems to fight itself, the young battles the old with a consequentially dusty dialectic.

T: Old Dried fruits really come through. A tart sun dried element to the overall sniffing profile reigns supreme. Deliciously forward tart plums, cherries, and raisins. A slightly syrupy aspect to the alcohol. This is like a cocktail made of grenadine and maple syrup. Sweet and alcohol dominant.

M: Mouth is medium/light bodied. I'd say that it comes off to light for the flavor and alcohol. It's not flat, but the tart flavor and syrupy viscosity needs some help from the mouth.

O: The flavors are quite good, but it's not anything worth screaming about. The mouth really needs to tame this tart syrupy beast. A good beer that may benefit from the 100% barrel aging version, but I'm not sure it will help the drinkability of this diabetic coma.

Cavery, Jun 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

polishkaz, Aug 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Lare453, Aug 03, 2012
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.